August 16, 2013

Theists Vs. Atheists: Who's Better?

Darwin fish meets a Jesus fish
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So Who's Better? Who's Smarter? Who's Healthier?

I've read something about atheist fancying themselves to be more intelligent then the theists.Review of decades of research shows that on average atheists are more intelligent then believers.Also they have a successful career and satisfying marital life, so my question is, do we atheist have it better then the flock of the faithful?

Let's start a review. 

(don't judge me :D )

       I'm just putting here what I've read about.
       1. So they say there's a lower crime rate on the side of the believers because they are afraid they gonna suffer in the afterlife. "You shouldn't do the crime if you're not willing to do the time in the afterlife."  The researchers suggested the cause of this was likely a " divine deterrent" out of fear of punishment for crimes in the afterlife. Similarly, undergraduate students were less likely to cheat at exams when they believed in a punishing god versus a benevolent one.
      2. "Religious belief can make coping with stress and anxiety easier." . According to University of Toronto belief in a deity can lower stress and reduce anxiety, and make less mistakes. Well i don't know what to say about this, i think you are more stressed when you think there's a man in the sky watching every step you make. Lower anxiety? Wouldn't you be more afraid to make a mistake and suffer from eternal damnation? As an atheist i don't have this pressure on my shoulders. Also i prefer to think more about what I'm doing, then saying I'll let god decide for me.
     3. Belief in God correlates not only to reports of improved mental health among the faithful, but also better physical health compared to nonbelievers. What? Also attending to religious services can cut the risk of death up to 20%.
     4. "No one would consider obesity a blessing." Although theists may report better health outcomes, a separate study found that religious young adults were more likely to be obese than their nonreligious counterparts. A study shows that young adults between 20 to 32 years old with a high frequency of religious participation were 50% more likely to go from a health weight to obesity by middle age. In other words, organized religion can make you fat. I don't know what to say about this, i think opinions are divided, after all depends on what you want, if you want a healthy body you work for it.
    5. "Atheists were more likely to engage in acts of generosity out of compassion than nonbelievers."
Although charity is a tenet of any of the world's major religions, atheists were more likely driven to be generous out of compassion than the faithful. As social psychologist Robb Willer studies results say: "Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not. ... The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns."
    6."No matter how charitable an atheist, they're just not trustworthy."  Though the bias may be entirely unfounded, atheists  rank among the most distrusted and disliked groups in survey results. What do you think about this? Are we trustworthy or not?
    7."Atheists are less likely to marry, but also less inclined to divorce." Believers in God are also more likely to believe in divorce, or at least that would seem to be the case given that they break off their marriages in greater numbers than atheists, based on survey data. 

    This is an articles i found online, i added a few thoughts from me. About #7 i was talking with my girlfriend about wedding, i never wanted to get married, i don't want now either.  I don't believe in this things, after all if you like or love the person you are with, wedding its just a formality, m i right? I still don't know what do.  Now #5 and #6, i like to offer my help to people, i  also have a bad habit , i trust people blindly... i like to think they use their head and not just use me, I'm not saying religious people out there are not offering help to others, but lets say they know I'm an atheist or other religion different then theirs, the chance they will help me will get lower. I don't understand this people.

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